Members of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), representing roughly 60,000 film and television workers, have voted to authorize a strike that could shutter Hollywood productions indefinitely.
President Matthew Loeb announced the results earlier this week on Oct. 4.
“The members have spoken loud and clear,” said Loeb. “This vote is about the quality of life as well as the health and safety of those who work in the film and television industry. Our people have basic human needs like time for meal breaks, adequate sleep, and a weekend. For those at the bottom of the pay scale, they deserve nothing less than a living wage.”
The union said the results were made “by a nearly unanimous margin,” with nearly 90 percent voter turnout. This is the first time in IATSE’s 128-year history that members of the union have authorized a nationwide strike, according to IATSE.